#goldenretrievers

last week as our magnolia bloomed, our sweet bracey passed away. she left quietly under that big tree of flowers, petals falling all around her, birds singing above, our hands holding her.

she was my best friend, and constant companion for the past 14 years.
and i am nothing but lucky and privileged to have loved her through all phases of her life, to have given her a peaceful death, and to be heartbroken by her absence.

bracey was an incubator for happiness, the ultimate golden retriever. she not only made my life better, but made so many other beings happy as well. she had a variety of dog and cat buddies throughout her life. she loved many little babies. she constantly made strangers happy. on walks i would watch people’s faces change when they suddenly noticed her huge dog smile approaching. she gave brazil more confidence, taught her how to swim, and tolerated her constant kisses and cuddle-ups. she was pure love - a fluffball pacifist. (unless you were a squirrel or rabbit then by all means run because she was coming for you)

she was stoic and resolute as ever in her last year with cancer - which i know was at times very painful and exhausting - she barely let on. amputated leg? no problem - lets go swimming - lets climb mountains - lets get the ole’ crazy eye and run/hop across the prairie and get stuck in the brambles and roll in the snow and lets never, ever give in to being carried up or down all three flights of stairs.
i try to be more like her daily : patient, loyal, accepting, gentle, exuberant, persistent, steadfast, hungry, and above all else - a wild animal in my heart.

thank you to everyone who loved her and gave her places to be free and happy in her life. thanks to @belovedcanine and the doctors at Univ. of Illinois for the special care in her most golden, final year. thank you to brian who gave her to me in the first place. thank you world for #goldenretrievers
thank you bracey, for everything. #beezelandbiscuit forever

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what a cutie ♥♥

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Sorry guys- all I do is sleep!

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He seems trustworthy 🤔 (Photo by @doggosbeingdoggos )

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Я впервые за долгое время жду лето, чтобы мы гуляли как можно дольше с нашей золотинкой. А вы ждёте лето?))
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Love The LAB ♥♥

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So much fun at @thebigdogwalk on Saturday meeting all my new friends 🐶🐕🐩 📷 @robbiiehunteeer

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